Thursday, October 12, 2006

Have you ever felt like you were being watched?



Larry was home for lunch today and observed that we had a Peeping Tom. "Look," he said. "He's looking in the playroom window."

I went to grab the gun, thinking it was Tom Foley, but it it was just a snake.

More specifically, it was a smooth green snake, and it was on the potato vine that runs up the corner of our house. It was just sitting there, staring in the playroom window. If you can ignore the dirty window (I hate doing windows) try to enjoy the shot of our little visitor.

Why he was staring in the window I don't know. Maybe he heard we provide creepy crawlies with shelter against the coming cold snap. We didn't bring him in, though. Unlike the Octavias, green snakes are common to our area and will soon find a warm place to sleep. Outdoors. Where he belongs.

I did get a good shot of his face before he left. He really is such a little beauty. I love his big eyes!

So tomorrow Alex has a homeschooling event - some Colonial sewing thing. While she's at that, Lucas and I are going on a spider hunt. The temperatures are forecasted to dip into the low 40's here tomorrow night; the Octavias won't likely survive, so we're going to try and collect what we can and release them in the greenhouse.

I told Larry I'd like to set the original Octavia up in this huge hexagon aquarium we have. It would be pretty neat to put it in the corner of the bedroom, I think, with a flourescent light on it. A spider night light. Yeah, that'd be way cool.

20 comments:

CJ said...

I'm torn. I hate snakes but like the pictures. The close-up is amazing. Take one of your hands off that camera and pat yourself on the back for taking such pretty pictures.

Shrubbery said...

Um Morg, what's an Octavia?

Suspect said...

Awww, you made my day again ... I love you!

Andrea said...

Wow, that's probably the cutest snake I've ever seen:) It's nearly Disneyfied with those big eyes.

Would've been cute if you had caught the cat staring at it through the window.

Morgan said...

Shrubbery, "Octavia" is the name I gave our golden silk spiders. I don't have time to think of new names for each one I bring home, so I've named them all the same thing. Here are links to the "Octavia Chronicles." There are photos. If you're scared of spiders you might not want to see them.

http://onehippiesopinion.blogspot.com/2006/10/meet-octavia.html

http://onehippiesopinion.blogspot.com/2006/10/octavia-earns-her-keep.html

http://onehippiesopinion.blogspot.com/2006/10/octavia-in-love.html

There will be more Octavia Files should they survive in the greenhouse. I'm sure Suspect is keeping his fingers crossed. He loves them. :-)

Morgan said...

Andrea, Suspect
I'm glad you liked my snake. After all the up-close spider-feeding shots, I thought it was time I offered up something that looked a little more benign.

Morgan said...

"Would've been cute if you had caught the cat staring at it through the window."

I actually have pictures and a video of our cat, Piper, fighting with geese through that window. The only reason she didn't go after the snake was because she didn't see it. She would have gone bonkers.

Roland said...

Well, next time bring the cat in and have the whole family watch the show!

Oh yeah, nice little snake.

And clean your windows. Have you no shame?! ;)
(Notice how you don't see pictures of my windows online)

Vile Blasphemer said...

"I went to grab the gun, thinking it was Tom Foley, but it it was just a snake."

Excellent.

jcw said...

VB and Morgan, there are some that would argue that Tom Foley is a snake. Of course this is an insult to snakes.

Bobbb - Citizen of Earth said...

Hmmmm
I commented on nightmares because I didn’t think I had anything to say about a snake…

But after some thought I realized that there is a possibility that the snake might just have been me.
Out and about on one of my meditation induced “Spirit Quests”
I often meditate on my lunch hour.

If so please do not be alarmed
I meant no harm

Most likely I was just curious about where all the good energy was coming from.
Good energy can be hard to find these days…

Morgan said...

Bobb, I'm not at all alarmed. Spirit quests can be rather powerful things, and it's funny you should post these thoughts because today I was having a conversation with a dear friend, a deeply spiritual Irish woman, about our own very moving and powerful unexplained experiences.
Your note made me smile, and I am really intrigued and looking forward to checking out your blog.

Morgan said...

VB and JCW,
I know taking cheap shots at Foley may be wrong, but it feels so right. JCW, was it you who made the joke about why GOP congressmen don't use bookmarks? I seem to think it was, and I laughed till I cried.

Ha, Roland. So your windows aren't clean either. Well, pal, people who live in dirty glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Or something like that. ;-)

Lord Omar said...

Here, here.

Bobbb - Citizen of Earth said...

it was good running into you today Morgan - very good.

Have a plesant weekend

Roland said...

I see you caught my humorous comment.
Did you misunderstand the humor, Omar?

Lord Omar said...
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sammyray said...

Morg, another amazing photograph!!

Not sure about the aquarium ida...shivers...

What camera are you using to take these remarkable photos?

Morgan said...

Roland, your comment was directed at me and you know *I* saw it as humorous. With all due respect to my friend, the good Lord Omar, here that is all that matters. ;-)

Morgan said...

Sammyray,
After dragging the hexagon aquarium out and pondering its huge size, I've decided to scrap my spider night-light plan. So I just let all the spiders go in the orchid greenhouse and am crossing my fingers that they won't find their way out now that we've winterized the room and plugged the escape routes with insulation. If all goes well, I hope to soon post a photo of an orchid room FULL of giant spider webs.
There are about six spiders in there now; Larry said the exhibit at the Smithsonian had fifty spider webs in a small space. As long as we feed the spiders they should do well in close proxmity, as they tend to cluster in the wild.

My camera is a Canon Rebel XT. I took the photos with an EF 18-55 MM lens. I'm currently saving for a macro and can only imagine what awesome pictures I could take with something like that.